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Cargill Reviews

Updated July 22, 2017
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Cargill President & CEO David W. MacLennan
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  • Work/Life Balance is a sin, there is none, you just deal with it (in 69 reviews)

  • Business units operate in independent silos (in 49 reviews)

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  1. "FSQR Chemist I or Quality Chemist I"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FSQR Chemist I in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - FSQR Chemist I in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work culture/atmosphere and the fellow chemists I work with are fun to work with. I enjoy that we are all close to the same age and get along. There are definitely opportunities for promotion and advancement if you want them (obviously you will have to seek out projects and responsibilities) specialists and managers are happy to help you advance your career in the direction you'd like. Also really great health benefits!

    Cons

    I don't feel like I get to use my degree (BS in Chemistry) as much as I would like. The job isn't too technical (which is also a good thing since I started here right after graduating). I am also not a fan of the industrial setting; wearing a hard hat, steel toes boots, and jeans everyday isn't what I exactly desire in a job. Working 12 hours shifts, especially night shift can get very long and lonely. It took me a while to get used to it and figure out how to fill my time off.


  2. "Operations technician"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Technician in Eddyville, IA
    Current Employee - Operations Technician in Eddyville, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relatively laid back job, very good on the job training, very good compensation for the area, only work 14 days a month due to scheduling.

    Cons

    Declining health insurance coverage, long 12 hour shifts, work nights holidays and weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Better interaction with lower level employees, ask for opinions on how to make the company better and follow through or show progress towards unanimous opinions given.

  3. "Love it!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Wayzata, MN
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Wayzata, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Helpful training, great culture, room for growth

    Cons

    With it being a very large company it can be slow when seeking responses from the service esk

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing


  4. "Farm associate"

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    Current Employee - Farm Associate in California, MO
    Current Employee - Farm Associate in California, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits and the only company in my area that has them also very competitive wages

    Cons

    Work holidays and weekends this some people have a problem dealing with

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "Mine support"

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    Former Employee - Mine Support in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Mine Support in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cargill full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    cash,benefits,paid holiday worked with little supervision

    Cons

    forced overtime if you were low on the list

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. Helpful (1)

    "IT Analyst"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Hopkins, MN
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Hopkins, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cargill full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    They outsource a lot of NA IT jobs.

    Advice to Management

    They know what they are doing.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Cargill, Inc."

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    Former Employee - Quality in Hammond, IN
    Former Employee - Quality in Hammond, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cargill full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Big Company, Steady employment, lot's of great people to work with

    Cons

    Reducing benefits to employees. Do not value the people that work there. Layoffs of high tenured employees. very poor middle management.

    Advice to Management

    Develop the talent you have and do what you can to keep them. There is a large gap in the new hire and experienced groups because the best people leave on an average of 5 years in. Then you lay off the very experienced. You are losing your best talent and not retaining those who would take their place.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Goodbye from an "impacted" IT employee"

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    Current Employee - IT - Senior Professional in Hopkins, MN
    Current Employee - IT - Senior Professional in Hopkins, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, fair pay and benefits. Opportunity for incoming applicants to rebuild.

    Cons

    Always lagging behind in IT methodology. i.e. Agile has only been formally allowed by the PMO in the last year or so.

    As one of those recently "impacted" by reorg, I will be leaving Cargill soon after 20 years of service. I'm one of many senior professions being displaced in favor of outsourcing and offshore service centers. The loss of knowledge is extensive. Impact to our internal customers will be high. Employee morale is very low. The next few years in IT are going to be very rocky.

    Advice to Management

    Trying to replace a senior professional with 1-3 entry level individuals doesn't wok. Instead of having loyal people who can troubleshoot complex issues and think on their feet, your customers are getting people who can't think beyond the list of 10 things they have as a script and leave as soon as their shift is over. Five years ago, you could feel the loyalty of the employees. That's not the case today. I wish Cargill and the remaining employees well. I will be keeping in touch with amazing coworkers who have also been impacted. Some people, you shouldn't let go of. You should keep that in mind.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Report Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Report Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Report Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements are a plus.

    Cons

    More and more work is shifted to Costa Rica and India. Lots of lost jobs in the United States. Moral is very low.

    Advice to Management

    Value the employees you have instead of trying to move jobs to other countries to save money.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Corporate Enterprise"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior HRIS Analyst in Wayzata, MN
    Current Employee - Senior HRIS Analyst in Wayzata, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible workplace arrangement-enjoy working from home whenever my schedule allows; CEO-Supports Inclusion & Diversity; The people and culture; Family owned global business

    Cons

    They tell you to be innovative, but innovative to leadership's timeline; Middle Management plays to the internal political landscape and status quo; Cargill needs more middle management ( i.e. Advisor/Manager I to Sr Advisor/Manager II population) risk takers.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the subject matter experts. SMEs guidance, suggestions, adivice, etc. should hold more value then middle management's opinions. Listen to the ones actually doing the work everyday.


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